Dopson, Maugansville slam Conococheague

July 02, 2011|By TRUNG VU | Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE — Aaron Dopson’s grand slam highlighted a seven-run fourth inning as Maugansville routed Conococheague 23-11 in the District 1 Junior tournament losers’ bracket final on Saturday afternoon.

Maugansville advances to face undefeated Valley in the championship round Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Leading 8-3 and with one run already scored in the fourth, Dopson stepped up with no outs and belted a fastball from Conococheague reliever Chris Pike over the fence in center field.

“I didn’t really think about it. I thought about a base hit, but it was right there for me,” Dopson said. “I didn’t think it would go, but I hit a home run off that pitcher during the regular season.”

“He came down with a fastball on a 2-0 count and hung it down the middle,” added Maugansville manager Noel Medina.

At 14-3, it looked like the game would be over quickly, but Conococheague responded with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to narrow the gap to 14-11. C.J. Henson hit an RBI double — after hitting a solo home run in the third — followed by a two-out RBI double from Pike and a two-run double by Kyler Lynch.

Conococheague’s last two runs came on an errant throw to third, with one run scoring on the error followed by another run because the ball was out of play.

Maugansville matched Conococheague’s eight-run outburst with one of its own in the fifth, taking advantage of seven walks. Cody Reeder had a two-run double and Nathan Patey had an RBI groundout.

“We want them to work the count, always look at the first strike — be patient and adjust,” said Medina.

“We fought hard, but just couldn’t overcome the mistakes and it cost us,” said Conococheague manager Ron Hare. “Take nothing away from them. They’re a good team.”

The Herald-Mail Articles